Learn About The Top Five Culprits Behind Common Gum Problems
Though the integrity of the teeth is essential to dental health, the teeth would be nothing without a key component of their support system: the gingiva, or gums. The gingiva is an often overlooked but vital contributor to the health of the mouth, as it prevents bacteria from accessing the sensitive roots of the teeth. Unfortunately, the gingiva can develop problems due to a variety of hygienic and genetic factors. Many of our patients seek help with reducing or abating the unpleasant side effects of gum disease and improper care, and the most frequently occurring concerns about the gingiva involve bleeding, inflammation, sensitivity, and recession.
- My Gums Are Receding. Am I Brushing Too Hard?
The causes of receding gums are diverse. One common contributor is vigorous brushing; even with a soft brush, when a patient scrubs along the gum line back and forth with a lot of force on the brush, this can force the gums into recession.
- What if My Gums Are Also Inflamed?
Another major reason for receding gums is gum disease. Periodontitis is a disease that affects the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It occurs when improper dental care results in gingivitis, a condition involving chronic inflammation of the gums, and that gingivitis is left untreated, allowing it to slowly progress and wear away at the bones of the jaw.
- Could Misaligned Teeth Be the Cause?
Occasionally, gums can even recede because of occlusal trauma: if a tooth is malpositioned and it is bitten with too much force, the tooth may shift in position and the gums may retreat.
- How Do I Stop My Gums from Bleeding?
Bleeding of the gums is usually caused by poor oral hygiene and the buildup of the deposits that form in the mouth, such as plaque and tartar. To take care of bleeding gums, the best thing would be to see a dentist or hygienist and receive a proper teeth cleaning. A dental health care professional can teach proper dental care and the correct use of a toothbrush and dental floss.
- Why Do I Have Canker Sores?
Canker sores still have uncertain causes, though there are several theories about contributing factors. Sometimes trauma may play a role. When people wear braces or a sudden force strikes the mouth, the trauma causes an opening in the tissue, which allows the tissue to ulcerate and cause a canker sore. The foods that we eat, particularly acidic food, may also contribute. Other reasons for canker sores include undue stress, certain medications, and infection from viruses or bacteria.
Though they may appear to play more of an auxiliary role in the mouth, the health of the gums is just as important as the strength of the teeth. The sight of blood, the emergence of sores, and persistent redness can be indicators of deeper and more pressing problems that require medical attention. Our office knows that most gingival conditions can be halted and cured with early intervention, and we work closely with our patients to ensure that their teeth and gums alike remain in proper health.